Canning Harvard Beets

October 22, 2019

Do I put canning salt in the jar before I put in the product and process the Harvard beets?



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October 22, 20190 found this helpful

No you do not add salt to the jars before canning. Here is a good recipe for you to follow in order to make your canned beets.


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October 22, 20190 found this helpful

Thrifty Fun has a whole section on this here

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September 16, 2010

I need a recipe for canning Harvard beets. Thank you.



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September 19, 20100 found this helpful

Beets must be canned with a pressure cooker. Botulism is the name of the game if you don't. Any state extension service can be Googled up for information and simple recipes. I use the Ball blue book, the ultimate wisdom book for canning/freezing anything.


You do not need a pressure canner/cooker if you make pickles. The Beets do not have the proper PH/ACID to make it safe for open kettle. I run across people who say their grandmothers did this. Well, in our day and age of SUE SUE SUE, do you really want to risk killing someone with a bad batch of beets for the sake of your memories and pride?
It is not safe to can them any other way. is the BALL recipie website.
Just got a 5+ gallon bucket here yesterday and I am making pickles rather than borrow my sister's pressure canner. Now recipes for those I got. Friend's grandmother's recipe. My dad who is 82 said the best recipes are the handed down ones (but processed safely.) I will get about 3 doz jars of pickles for him.


Safe canning!

September 30, 20101 found this helpful

Beets can be water bathed if they are pickled. I do the spicy pickled beets in the Ball Canning book. Not sure what Harvard beets are but the spicy pickled beets are excellent when chilled.

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September 24, 2016

How many quarts does this receipe make? It takes 6 pounds of beets?


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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

I'm not sure what recipe you are referring to, but in general a quart equals 2.2 lbs. so that should give you an idea.

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September 6, 2013

Your recipe for canning Harvard beets has cornstarch in it. All the other recipes for canning Harvard beets says not to can with cornstarch, but to add it at time of serving. I'd like to know it the beets turn out alright with the cornstarch added in the canning?

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July 23, 20182 found this helpful

I realize this is an older post, but thought I would add some insight about canning with corn starch. All of my research indicates this is a big fat no-no for safety reasons. However, a product called Clear Jel is the recommended thickener for canning. It is measured equal to corn starch, but is safe for canning. DO NOT use the Instant version. It is difficult to find it locally, but you can order it online directly from Hoosier Hill Farms, Walmart or Amazon.


I use this for all my pie filling recipes as well as Harvard beets.

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September 16, 2010

Does anyone have a good recipe for canning Harvard beets?


October 17, 2009

I would like a recipe for home canning Harvard beets. I already pickle them, but we like this kind also for a change. Thanks to all.

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